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$15 to $30

Jul. 17, 2003: FOPPIANO Petite Sirah Paso Robles 2001 (90 points, $15)

Bursting with rugged blueberry, black and white pepper, black cherry and earthy flavors, supported by formidable tannins that display some brawn, with everything folding nicely into the spicy, concentrated finish. A new Paso Robles bottling, and an excell —James Laube

Jul. 14, 2003: HENRI BOURGEOIS Sancerre La Porte du Caillou 2002 (89 points, $16)

This classically styled Sancerre has straw, lemon zest, mineral and chalk notes on a crisp, lively frame, with the citrus edge holding sway on the finish. Couldn't ask for better with goat cheese. Drink now through 2004. 8,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth

Jul. 09, 2003: ALLEGRINI Veronese Palazzo della Torre 1999 (90 points, $18)

A gorgeous wine from Italy's Veneto region. This shows beautiful perfumes of ripe fruit, with hints of spicy oak and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with superfine, silky tannins and a long, long finish. I always love this wine. Best from 2004 through 2008. 1 —James Suckling

Jul. 07, 2003: L'ECOLE NO. 41 Sémillon Columbia Valley Barrel Fermented 2001 (89 points, $15)

This Washington Sémillon is smooth, generous and nicely shaded to show off its fig, citrus and black pepper aromas and flavors, which remain vivid on the lively finish. Drink now through 2005. 2,598 cases made. Smart Buys. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 03, 2003: CHÂTEAU DE SANCERRE Sancerre 2001 (89 points, $15)

Solid effort for '01, with pear, peach and butter flavors, ripe texture, and notes of straw and melon on the finish. Modern-style Sancerre with ripe acidity keeping it honest. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth

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